Up for sale, a 1982 Greco EGC68-50 Super Power Custom in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, featuring a rare Violin Burst gloss finish. Crafted in Japan's famed Fujigen factory during Greco's very brief "Super Real" era of production in the early '80s, this lawsuit era LP truly delivers the goods, with incredible attention to vintage Gibson spec. And while no legal action was taken against Greco for these guitars, Gibson did commission the same factory to make their "Orville" line of instruments which were exclusively sold within Japan.
Clearly a direct response to the '68 Les Paul Custom, this model features deep carve on the maple top, a solid mahogany body, stock PAF-style Maxon-made pickups, braided wire, full-size pots, witch hat knobs, and a hand-carved bone nut. It's an extremely lively and powerful sounding instrument, and the craftsmanship is evident in the great playability and classic range of Les Paul tones. This guitar also features some of the very last humbuckers made by Maxon before Greco brought pickup production in-house. The bridge pickup has a complex and detailed sound, with a touch of growl, sweet mids, and focused bass response. The neck position humbucker delivers more girth and fullness while still being clear and present, and it's an ideal sound for saturated lead lines. Weighing 9lbs 9oz, this Greco has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action, solid intonation, and 10-46 strings.
The mahogany neck has a fairly chunky C-shaped profile carve with more roundness and heft further up the fretboard, filling out to a baseball bat-worthy handful by the 5th fret and beyond, measuring .860" deep at the 1st fret and .990" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is a dark and tight-grained cut, featuring pearl block inlay and original medium jumbo fretwire with fret edge binding. These frets are very similar to what Gibson used in the late '60s, with identical width and a bit more height and crown, showing just a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-4. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The hand-carved bone nut is original, measuring 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock, the guitar features a volute, multi-ply binding, Greco-branded gold tuners with metal tulip buttons, and tulip inlay. The original Super Power Custom truss rod cover is also present, and the C82-prefix serial number dates to March of '82.
All of the electronics work as they should, with original pots and tone caps, as well as the same high quality braided pickup leads seen on any Gibson. The humbuckers each measure 7.8k ohms, with six-digit codes on the baseplates signifying Maxon production and dating to '82. Solder joints are untouched, with visible date codes on the pots from '81. All of the original hardware is intact including the ABR-1-style bridge and matching stopbar, and the gold plating shows light, uniform surface patina, particularly on the stopbar and tulip tuner buttons.
The dark Violin Burst is one of Greco's rarer finishes, with dings and some light finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss across the back and one finish chip on the bass-side lower bout rim. The top of the guitar presents very well and wear is much more restrained, and the neck profile retains its smooth gloss finish as well.
A gigbag is included.